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Here you will find selected letters you have written (earlier ones over the years are here), and a quick quiz.

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From: Larry and Sharon Walker
Sent: Sunday 1 August, 2010

We think that you are a literary genius. Thank you so much for such great works. Choosing between your novels is like asking us which of our daughters we love the most. It is too hard to choose.

Larry & Sharon
United States

From: Elizabeth Trafford
Sent: Wednesday 4 August, 2010

Dear Mr. Follett,
First, it was very hard to choose which of your novels I liked the best, it is truly a toss up between ‘Pillars’ and ‘Lions’. I wish to thank you for many years of reading enjoyment, I don’t believe you can know how many a peaceful hour has been spent by millions of people, being carried away from daily trials and tribulations by your written word. Congratulations on the mini-series, it is everything I imagined it would be. The cast is perfect, costumes brilliant. Again thank you.


From: Shannon
Sent: Friday 6 August, 2010

You are Tom Builder in modern form! I am 18 and lost my love of reading after childhood wonder and belief were replaced by the reality of paying bills. This novel, however, is so very true and pure. Well done. I have no questions, I’m only 200 pages in, and I’m just enjoying it. So glad it’s so epically long. For that – bravo. I look forward to finishing it.


From: Veronica Piastuch
Sent: Friday 6 August, 2010

I have loved your novels but ‘Pillars of the Earth’ is a masterpiece; a crowning achievement. I am enjoying it so much. Way, way back in college my minor was art history with a major in art, so your descriptive narrative of the cathedrals is like nectar from heaven. Thank you for writing this book. I love the length too. Love the character Ellen. If I lived then, I would have been Ellen. LOL. Thank you Mr. Follett. Looking forward to your new trilogy. I should have bought a Kindle for ‘Pillars’ due to the weight but I just love the book and the feel of the book. Just beautiful. I have private art students many of whom want to be architects. I will share passages with them!
Thank you,

United States

From: Kelly Guice
Sent: Saturday 7 August, 2010

Mr. Follett,
I’ve read all your books. After reading ‘Pillars of the Earth’, when first published, I decided to get a college degree in history. Western civilizations and medieval times became my focus. Now I teach Western Civ. Social Studies to 180 students a day. I love my job and my students are enjoying my class, because of my passion for history. I wanted to say thank you and let you know that your books are the best and you have impacted my life in a major way. You have been my favorite author for 20 years. I love your heroes and hate your villains. You are gifted in bringing characters to life in all your stories.

United States

From: Denise Bellesia
Sent: Tuesday 10 August, 2010

You have a new fan! I’ve watched ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ on TV, and I’m mesmerized! Welcome to my life!


From: Victoria Mathis
Sent: Tuesday 10 August, 2010

I’ve enjoyed your books for many years. I always try to buy them when they first come out. Your writing is very well done, and the stories are always captivating. Now, that ‘Pillars of the Earth’ is on TV I’ve got my youngest son and my husband reading your books too. You ask which one I enjoyed the most. That is a tough choice, I loved ‘Man from St. Petersburg’, ‘Eye of the Needle’, ‘Pillars of the Earth’, ‘World without End’ and many more of your books over the years.
Keep on writing,

United States

From: Kevin
Sent: Friday 13 August, 2010

Mr. Follett,
I’ve just read ‘World Without End’, and I must say it’s one of the best I’ve ever read! I couldn’t put it down because you made the characters so fascinating. My wife tells me that ‘Pillars of the Earth’ is even better, and I can’t wait to read it when she finds it. I’ll start ‘Whiteout’ for now until she does. Thanks for an amazing reading experience!


From: Carolyn Long
Sent: Sunday 15 August, 2010

I am finishing ‘World Without End’ and it reminds me so much of what is happening now all over the world. We are in the midst of an economic “plague” that is profoundly changing the way so many of us live. You really captured the pain of economic hardship, taxes, health care collapse and living at the whimsy of others. Ironic that we feel today the same pain that was caused by the “government” and by the “rich-elite” in your book. Thanks for the first real book I have read in years.


From: Davida Siwisa James
Sent: Monday 16 August, 2010

I had started watching the mini-series ‘Pillars of the Earth’ but when I saw it was based on a book, I stopped to read the book first. I just put it down after an enthralling two weeks of reading. I was up until two in the morning at times. Bravo! So sorry I didn’t know about it sooner, but a book this great is great no matter when you read it. I actually went back to the beginning because I recognized the line (towards the end) about the small boys arriving early to the hanging. And I wanted to read Ellen’s curse again to see how each curse came true. I am moved. It was brilliant. Thank you for writing this. And despite the changes in the mini-series, the casting was brilliant and your story came alive so well.┬áNow, at the conclusion of the mini-series, I have all these memorable characters to place in the pages of the book.

United States

From: Michael Cash
Sent: Wednesday 18 August, 2010

I just found you a couple of months a ago when my girlfriend’s mother gave me ‘Eye of the Needle’. Since then, I have read ‘The Man From St. Petersburg’, ‘Night Over Water’ and ‘Pillars’. I just finished ‘Pillars’ today and loved it. I have also purchased ‘Paper Money’, ‘Triple’, ‘The Key to Rebecca’ and ‘Lie Down With Lions’. I am going to read ‘Paper Money’ next and work my way through all of your books. I really enjoying reading your work. Keep them coming.

United States

From: Steve Cottingham
Sent: Thursday 19 August, 2010

You are my favorite author. I used to read avidly until about 10 years ago, when I switched to mostly technical books in my field. My wife (who has enjoyed all of your books) recently finished ‘Pillars of the Earth’, for the 2nd time since 1992, and she encouraged me to read it. I couldn’t put it down! You have reawakened my need to read great novels. Thank you! (I’ll be reading ‘World Without End’ next.)

United States

From: ‘RT’
Sent: Saturday 21 August, 2010

I finished reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ last week and immediately started watching the mini-series. The cast is amazing and the settings are wonderful. Although there are a few changes from the book, the series is very well done. I’m planning on starting ‘World Without End’ next week…
Congratulations and thank you for your books.


From: Emmett Moore
Sent: Monday 23 August, 2010

My lord Ken, I just finished ‘Pillars’ and I must say… it is the best book I have ever read. Wow! For two weeks, every available moment was spent reading this masterpiece. My wife is now glad because I will no longer stay up until 4am. But little does she know… I have ‘World’ sitting in front of me! Haha!

United States

From: Neal and Jennifer Heupel
Sent: Saturday 28 August, 2010

Your story was excellent, we both enjoyed the mini series very much, and the story line was intense until the very end. We hope very much to read your books and hope that the ‘World Without End’ will also be chosen to become a mini series. Best wishes and thank you for your works.

Neal & Jennifer
United States

From: Dana Southall
Sent: Sunday 29 August, 2010

Dear Mr. Follett,
I have just finished the last installment of ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, the mini-series. I have not enjoyed myself nor looked forward to something as much as I have with your wonderful novel, come to life. Thank you so much for crafting such a wonderful story. I am going to march into a book store tomorrow and find out what else of your writing I have been missing. Cheers!

United States

I look forward to your letters. Please write to me via the Contact page, and do see earlier letters

If you’ve read several of my books, you might enjoy matching the first line with the title, or guessing the working title